iPad 3 to sport HD camera on the front, upgraded camera on the back

Aside from the inclusion of a Retina Display, which really isn’t news at this point, the iPad 3 will reportedly house an HD camera on the front while the camera in the back will be upgraded to about the same level of quality as the iPhone 4S’s – an 8 megapixel lens to be exact.

Apple hasn’t experienced the same type of competition in the tablet space as it has in the smartphone space, but with the recently released Kindle Fire seemingly selling like hotcakes, it will be interesting to see how Apple approaches their tablet offerings in 2012.

To that end, the always reliable Jeremy Horwitz of iLounge dropped a few intriguing tidbits about what we can expect to see in the iPad 3, which will likely launch in either late March or early April.

Aside from the inclusion of a Retina Display, which really isn’t news at this point, the iPad 3 will house an HD camera on the front while the camera in the back will be upgraded to about the same level of quality as the iPhone 4S’s – an 8 megapixel lens to be exact.

Design wise, the iPad 3 will be almost identical to the iPad 2, save for being about 1mm thicker with only a slight adjustment to the curve radius.

Now there have been quite a few rumors pointing to Apple releasing a smaller 7.85-inch iPad in order to compete with the Kindle Fire. But Apple doesn't typically follow the lead of other companies and if Apple thought a 7.85-inch screen was optimal, they would have released one from the get go.

Instead, Horwitz notes that Apple will keep the current iPad 2 model around as an entry level model available for just $399, about $100 cheaper than the current entry price. Meanwhile, we can expect the base level iPad 3 to check in at $499.

Now this does give the Kindle Fire some room to breathe in the $199 price range, but with reports that Amazon is losing money on every Kindle Fire sold (in the hopes of recouping it with Amazon Prime subscriptions), don’t expect Apple to follow suit.

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